Geoducks Win on the Court and in the Field
Sadee Jones ’15 may have a common last name, but it was her uncommon game that punctuated a record-setting season for Evergreen’s 2014–15 women’s basketball team.
Jones Rises Above the Competition
A 5-foot, 6-inch point guard at North Mason High School in 2011, Jones was recruited by Monica Heuer, then head coach and now an assistant athletic director at Evergreen.
Over the next four years, Jones grew not at all—at least in terms of height. But her stature as a strong post player and a vocal team leader grew by leaps.
Called the “pulse” of the Geoducks by current head coach Jen Schooler, Jones capped off her senior year by helping lead Evergreen to its first-ever Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament home game. Though the Geoducks lost that opening contest to eventual tournament champion Oregon Tech, they experienced the greatest season in program history. With 16 wins in 26 games, they tied the record for most victories in a season, and their .615 winning percentage established a new program standard.
Jones and senior teammate LaNiecia Weatherspoon ’16 were named to the all-conference first team, marking the first time in Evergreen women’s basketball history that two players earned that recognition in the same season. Jones averaged a double-double this season with 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. She led the conference in rebounding and finished second to Weatherspoon, who averaged 14.7 points per game, in scoring.
“The greatest thing that you can do in any conference is to get recognition in your conference,” coach Schooler said. “For Evergreen to get recognition is one [thing]. Number two is the respect that everybody in the conference gave Sadee and LaNiecia. It is a testament to their work.”
Remarkably, the Geoducks accomplished their record-setting season with just seven players during the bulk of the season, and only six over the final three weeks of the season. “The things that we’ve done with six people exemplify their commitment to the program and their commitment to the coaching staff, and the coaching staff adjusting to what the team needed at all times,” Schooler said. “What a team effort.”
2014–15 Athletic Highlights
Evergreen, 9-8-1 overall, placed third in the Cascade Collegiate Conference with a 9-4-1 record and reached the first round of the conference tournament. Goalkeeper Angel Guerra ’16 and midfielder Willie Spurr ’16 were selected to the all-conference first team. Nate Boatright ’16, Beto Brand ’16, and Tanner Williams ’17 were named to the second team, and Juan Oropeza ’17 was an honorable mention pick. Spurr also earned Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition for his work in the classroom.
The Geoducks ended 5-10-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the conference, missing the postseason tournament by one spot in the standings. Vanessa Zamora ’17 earned second team all-conference honors, while Loren Switzer ’17, Kenzie Phillips ’17, and Amy Bromley ’18 were honorable mention picks. Irina Lyons ’17 scored three goals in the season-ending match against Warner Pacific, making her the first Geoducks women’s soccer player to record a hat trick since 2006.
Kelsey Delagrange ’17 became the second student-athlete in program history to earn Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition. A setter and defensive specialist, Delagrange helped the Geoducks to a 14-18 overall record, including a 4-14 conference mark.
The Geoducks, under first-year head coach Tim Malroy, finished 4-21 overall and 1-17 in conference play. More important, however, was the team’s never-quit attitude on the court, which brought positive comments from many opposing head coaches. Jordan Dam ’15 led the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game and earned honorable mention all-conference recognition.
Track & Field
While the outdoor season is still underway at the time of this writing, the indoor season ended with some solid results. Junior Anthony Johnson ’17 placed second in the high jump at the NAIA championship meet and is now a three-time All-American in that event. Twins Les and Wes Jones ’15 both competed at the national meet, while Irene Moore ’16 (who also played eight games for the basketball team) qualified in the five-event pentathlon only to be sidelined for the season by a broken collarbone.